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Local Meal Charge Policy

Guajome Public Schools participates in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program by offering nutritious meals every school day. Students may buy lunch for $3.50 and breakfast for $1.75. Eligible students may receive meals free of charge or at the reduced-price. You or your children do not have to be U.S. citizens to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. You must submit a completed Free/Reduced Lunch Application (attached) at our front desk to see if you qualify. Applications are also available at our front desk or can be completed online at www.myschoolapps.com at any time throughout the school year. If you have any questions about applying, please call School Food Solutions at 877- 633-2373 Extension 1 for English or Extension 4 for Spanish.

Payments

Guajome Schools offers multiple options for full or reduced-price meal program payments. While payments can be made by the student directly at the food window at time of meal purchase, for the sake of convenience and to improve service times at the food windows so students have more time to enjoy their meal, we strongly encourage families to pre-pay their student’s meal account following one of the two options, below:

Online Payments

  • Payments can be made online at www.myschoolbucks.com

  • Set up is easy and accounts can be accessed and payments made 24/7.

  • Please see attached instructions for more detail.

In-Person Payments

  • Payments can be made on school days at the Guajome Park Academy Child Nutrition Office/Cafeteria between the hours of  7:00am -2:00 pm- Address: 200 North Santa Ave. Vista, CA 92083

  • We accept cash, checks and money orders in exact amounts. A receipt will be given at the time of payment.

  • Students can make payments at the register when purchasing a meal

Charges/Balances

If a student takes a meal they will be charged for it. We encourage families to have a conversation with students so they know whether they can participate in the school meal program. Guajome Schools will allow students to charge a negative balance to their lunch account for one meal per day however any negative balance will be the responsibility of the students' parents and/or legal guardian to pay.

Students will receive a lunch application packet to bring home for their family to fill out.  Weekly student account balance statement notifications will be mailed including the outstanding balance owed to the school. The balance statement will include instructions for making payments (same as above). Guajome Public Schools prohibits the charging of à la carte or extra items by any student with a negative balance regardless of the student’s eligibility status. Outstanding balances must be paid within 2 weeks.

If your family is experiencing a financial setback, please contact us so we can help. We are willing to work with you to develop a payment plan for your meal account. Also, families may submit a free/reduced lunch application at any point during the school year. We can assist you in applying for the free or reduced meal program if your income situation has changed mid-year. Please contact Kellen Slack at 760-631-8506, slackke@guajome.net for assistance.

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.